Music From Painting

What does painting sound like?

That’s the question explored by Jen Cotton’s Pour Sound, an experimental electronic music piece that translates painting into sound:

This is using openFrameworks for the computer vision and Super Collider to generate the sound.

The CV reads the color values of the canvas and generates sound based on the amount of red (R), green (G), or blue (B) that is present. The paint itself is thinned out into washes so that creates layers of colors that create layers of sound.

What would Rauschenberg painting sound like? Or Mondrian?

More examples of the piece are available at Cotton’s vimeo site.

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